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Today in World War II History—July 20, 1944

Col. Count Claus von Stauffenberg and Adm. Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer greet Hitler at Rastenburg, 15 July 1944, 5 days before assassination attempt. (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1984-079-02)

Col. Count Claus von Stauffenberg and Adm. Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer greet Hitler at Rastenburg, 15 July 1944, 5 days before assassination attempt. (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1984-079-02)

75 Years Ago—July 20, 1944: Operation Valkyrie—German officers attempt to assassinate Hitler, led by Col. Count Claus von Stauffenberg, but fail; the following coup attempt also fails.

Movie premiere of Since You Went Away, starring Claudette Colbert and Joseph Cotten.